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Could Sergio Moro bring down his second president?

Brazil's political scene has become even more uncertain. But one thing is clear: getting rid of Sergio Moro will cost Jair Bolsonaro big time

Could Sergio Moro bring down his second president?
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In March 2016, the Federal Police recorded a phone conversation between then-President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Federal marshals were tapping the phones of the latter, who was the subject of several criminal investigations. In the 95-second dialogue, Ms. Rousseff discussed Lula’s appointment as her Chief of Staff, a maneuver to grant the former president immunity while he negotiated a way out of Ms. Rousseff’s impeachment proceedings. Hours later, Sergio Moro — then a federal judge leading Operation Car Wash — illegally leaked the recording, triggering major protests across the country and essentially...

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